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The God of The Bible Is One - Not Three - Page 2

 

Sixty-five verses of Scripture - Cont.

“Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is God” [Jesus speaking] (Matthew 19:17).

“...one is your Father, which is in heaven...one is your Master, even Christ” [Jesus speaking] (Matthew 23:9-10).

“...there is none good but one, that is God” (Mark 10:18).

“The Lord our God is one Lord” [Jesus speaking] (Mark 12:29).

“...there is one God; and there is none other but he” (Mark 12:32).

“...none is good, save one, that is, God” (Luke 18:19).

“...we have one Father, even God” (John 8:41).

“I honor my Father...there is one that seeketh and judgeth” [Jesus speaking] (John 8:49-50).

“Seeing it is one God which shall justify...” (Romans 3:30).

“...there is none other God but one” (I Corinthians 8:4).

“But to us there is but one God, the Father” (I Corinthians 8:6).

“Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one” (Galatians 3:20).

One God and Father of all, who is above all” (Ephesians 4:6).

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (I Timothy 2:5).

“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well” (James 2:19).

“Draw nigh to God...there is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy” (James 4:8, 12).

“But ye have an unction from the Holy One” (I John 2:20).

“...behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne” [“Lord God Almighty” v. 8] (Revelation 4:2).

 

Who is Jesus Christ?

The Scriptures teach that Jesus is the supernaturally conceived, virgin-born, sinless, human Son of God; Savior, redeemer, Messiah, fore-ordained ruler of this planet for the coming 1000 years, and the only way to God, who never claimed to be “God.” In fact, Jesus denied being God (Matt. 19:17); he denied making himself equal with God with these words, “I said I am the Son of God” (John 10:36); and he said plainly that the Father is “the only true God” (John 17:3). He said, “my Father is greater than I” (John 14:28), only the Father knows the day and hour of my return (Mark 13:32), and my Father will decide who sits on my right hand and on my left in my own kingdom, that “is not mine to give” (Matt. 20:23). Jesus claimed the Father as his God just as the Father is our God (Matt. 27:46; John 20:17; Rev. 3:12). He claimed to be the “Christ,” the Anointed One, the “Messiah” (Matt. 16:16-17; Luke 4:18; Acts 4:27; John 4:25-26).

The apostle Paul agreed. He said “there is but one God, the Father” (I Cor. 8:6), there is “One God and Father of all, who is above all” (Eph. 4:6), “the only wise God” is “invisible” (I Tim. 1:17) and “the head of Christ is God” just as “the head of every man is Christ” (I Cor. 11:3). He said that God our Father is also the God of Jesus Christ (II Cor. 11:31; Eph. 1:3, 17). Paul’s first sermon after his encounter with Jesus on the Damascus road was “that he is the Son of God” [not God]. He desired “That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 15:6), and he encouraged Christians “to serve the living and true God; and to wait for his Son from heaven” (I Thess. 1:9-10).

What About Elohim?

The Hebrew noun for God is Elohim, and because it can have plural connotations, some see in it a plurality of persons in the Deity. In light of the whole of Scripture, including the sixty-five verses cited, this is doctrinal nonsense. Elohim is used of the one true God some 2300 times in the Bible and every last time it takes a singular verb! Of Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God [Elohim] created the heavens and the earth,” the Trinitarian scholars who translated the NIV Study Bible are forced by the facts to say in their text-notes:

“God created. The Hebrew noun Elohim, is plural but the verb is singular, a normal usage in the O.T. when reference is to the one true God. This use of the plural expresses intensification rather than number and has been called the plural of majesty, or of potentiality [emphasis mine].

The noted Trinitarian scholar Professor Charles C. Ryrie says regarding the noun Elohim: “To conclude plurality of persons from the name itself is dubious” (Basic Theology; p. 58). Of course some people will grasp at any straw in an effort to support their mistaken tradition.

The Influence of A Pagan Named Plato.

There is not one verse of Scripture that says that God is “three” of anything! Not “three coequal, co-eternal persons,” “one God in three persons,” “three persons of one essence” or “three manifestations of one God.” The terms “Trinity,” “Triune,” “Blessed Trinity,” “Holy Trinity,” “God the Son,” “God the Holy Spirit,” “God incarnate,” “God in flesh,” “two natures,” and “the Deity of Christ” are not biblical terminology. Their use is a sure ticket to a misunderstanding of who God is, and the serious error of robbing our Father of His glory as the one and only Most High God!

So how did Christianity fall into this mistaken view of God? The shocking answer to that question is, we followed a blind guide, the pagan philosopher Plato. It is an indisputable fact of history that Plato was teaching a doctrine of the Trinity in his Academy in Athens, Greece, 375 years before the birth of Jesus Messiah. The ancient Greeks even had a city named Hagia Triada (Holy Trinity). According to the noted 20th century historian Will Durant, Plato
had a weird fascination with triangles and the numeral three. Look at the “threes” that fascinated him. He saw three elements in nature, fire, wind and water. He saw three things at work in nature, motion, creation and a soul or principle of life. The soul or principle of life has three parts, desire, will and thought. Each part has its own virtue (three), moderation, courage and wisdom. Beauty lies in three, fitness, symmetry and order. A work of art should have three features, head, trunk and limbs. Love is the pursuit of beauty, and has three stages, love of the body, the soul or of truth. The soul of a man has three parts, mind, aspirations and sensations. An ideal society has three parts, productive (workers), protective (warriors), and governing (rulers). But his “three” that has permeated Christian doctrine and still troubles the understanding of millions of Christians today is, his triune view of God! It consists of: 1. The Good, or first cause - “God.” 2. The changeless Ideas, Reason, Wisdom or Mind of God - the “Logos.” 3. A soul or principle - the “Spirit” of all things. (The Life of Greece; p. 510-518).

Trinitarian professors R. Olson and C. Hall make the following shocking statement in their book, The Trinity:

“Very early in the history of theology, reflection began to focus on the immanent Trinity as church fathers became obsessed with Greek ideas...” (p. 110).

Trinitarian scholar Millard Erickson says in his work, God In Three Persons:

“We have observed that the specific meta-physical vehicle used to express the classical doctrine of the Trinity as originally formulated was a Greek metaphysics... . While it is customary to assume that the major philosophical influence on the Greek [church] fathers was Plato and the Stoics, Durant believes the influence of Aristotle should not be overlooked” (p. 211, 259). [What do these men have to do with Christian doctrine?].


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